(Closed) How to get a puppy to STOP Biting!!!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

5 weeks is too young for a puppy to be away from mom & littermates, usually in the time with mom an littermates (ideally until 8-12 weeks old) is when puppies learn bite inhibition. 

This has been going on a while so you are going to have to work really hard to break it.

When he bites, yelp loudly like his littermate would and then turn your back on him. Completely ignore/shun him until he calms down. Then give him an appropriate chew toy and praise him when he uses that. 

Rinse and repeat until the biting stops. Dogs are social creatures and do not want to be shuned from the pack. If he learns biting = being ignored, slowly the behaviour shoudl go away. Be warned though it might take a while since he’s a fair bit older then when he would have originally learned this.

What kind of dog is he?

Post # 4
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KatNYC2011:  +1 

I used the exact method with my pup and he is pretty good now at 2. He still mouths strangers’ hands gently when he is really excited and we have to remind him not to. But he never does it with us anymore.

Post # 5
583 posts
Busy bee

@KatNYC2011:  + 1

I got our puppy to stop biting by doing mostly what the PP said.  She didn’t really respond to being shunned (she would poke with her nose or just walk around and get in your face) so we started putting her in her crate for about 30 seconds after saying “NO biting.”

Post # 6
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Seems like the methods you used have only been a source of agitation.
Puppies bite, espeically certain breeds.

Its going to take time! Lots and lots of time and consistency! 

We raised a German Shep and they are known as ” Fur gators”. They are herding animals and use their mouths to work( nipping) and also of course to communicate.

When biting occurs, calmly separate yourslef from the dog. Biting= fun stops, no attention. Vocal commands and quick moves, only add excitement. Then offer your dog another option, like an apporpriate toy to chew or play with.

Also make sure your dog gets tons of excercise, both physical and mental.

@KatNYC2011:  +1

Post # 7
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

OMG I just went through this for a housesitting dog that we had to watch (http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6fp89Okoa1r6fprro7_r1_1280.jpg adorable but BIG for a puppy and she was so nuts). She was soooooooooooSOsoSoSOso frustrating. We tried the things PP said and the dog wasn’t too impressed by those so here’s what did…

We started by trying to have a chew toy on hand at all times so when she bit, we would put that in her mouth and she would happily chew away at that. That relieved some of the annoyance for awhile. It wasn’t a permanent solution but it did make it possible to take her for walks without being bitten all the time, etc. So you can try that in the interim.

The second thing we did was when we let her inside (she lived mostly outside but somtimes was let in the house) as SOON as she started biting anything we put her out. She LOVED being inside so putting her outside was a punishment. This put the biting under control inside  pretty quickly. Outside in the yard was still a problem though.  

What really seemed to work was using techniques I found here: 





The first link has a lot more links at the bottom and it kind of sounds hokey the way they talk about dog feelings, but thinking about the dog the way the site suggests seemed to WORK where nothing else did. I would definitely recommend reading through most of the links on that site.

Once I took her on a walk suggested like the second link, she suddenly turned into a reasonably well behaved dog. With NOTHING but this walk technique. Presumably because she thought I was the alpha after that? Like I said, it sounds a bit corny, but if it works, it works. The first day it took us about 30 minutes to get to the end of our street (normally takes 5) because I would just stop when she pulled and wait for as long as it took for her to stop pulling. She caught on pretty well by the end of the walk to leave the lead loose. The consequent days she always had to be reminded often but nowhere near like the first day and her good behavior continued at home. 


The owners of the dog were so impressed by her completely changed behavior when they got back. We got good reviews on the housesitting site. 🙂

I hope it helps!


Post # 8
1762 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You should try bitter apple spray it works wonders!!

Post # 9
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would gently, but firmly, hold his mouth shut (right after he does it), look him straight in the eyes, and say “No Bite!”, give him a little spank on the butt, then look at him in the eyes again and say firmly and seriously, “No Bite!” 

Post # 10
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@KatNYC2011:  your advice is PERFECT! 

@OP try using baby teething toys you stick into the freezer. Your pup is at the teething stage and I found this to be very helpful in the past. You can even stick a nylabone in the freezer too.

Post # 11
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We had some munchy problems when our puppy was really little and the usual things – yelping, redirecting to a toy etc weren’t that effective. What ended up working for us was teaching her the “off!” command. We began by holding a tasty cookie in a fist. She would nibble, lick, chew to try and get the cookie. We would say “off” once, firmly and in the beginning she would keep on chewing for a bit. The second she backed off and stayed calm we would open our hand, give her the cookie and praise her “Good off! Good girl!”. It only took a couple times before she figued out that Not chewing on us meant she’d get cookies and while she had a few excited teething moments for the next couple months she always stopped immediately when told off.

Post # 12
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

@KatNYC2011:  covered it in the 2nd post.

I’ll add that I yelped, jumped up, and ran around a corner so he was alone.  We had two sessions that were about 5 minutes each and he figured it out. 


Good luck!  Consistency is key. 

Post # 13
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I used the yelping and ignoring method that KatNYC2011 explained above with my puppy and it worked really well. Also bitter apple for chewing on things was really effective.

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